Friday, December 31, 2010

Let's try this again...

So about a bajillion posts ago - or several hundred, mayhaps - i added a quote block to me sidebar with the intention of changing it every week. I think maybe i had picked Wednesdays.
Needless to say, that didn't happen.
As the new year rapidly approaches and i work out what 2011's resolutions will be, i know that i want to work on consistency in my life. Now that the doctor and i have a pretty good handle on how to make me better -we think- i want to take control and change my flounderings to flourishings. Instead of setting myself up to fail with grand plans of sweeping changes, i want to take baby steps towards a more productive life starting with establishing some schedules.
To that end I rededicate myself to my blogging and start with the intention to change Glimpses From the Commonplace Book every 7-10 days, perhaps with a quick post about why each quote was chosen.
Today, i've added a delightful exchange from the movie Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium that challenges our concept of time:
Magorium: That's the last of 'em. 37 seconds.
Mahone: Great. Well done. Now we wait.

Magorium: No. We breathe. We pulse. We regenerate. Our hearts beat. Our minds create. Our souls injest. 37 seconds, well used, is a lifetime.
So often we find ourselves saying I just don't have the time.
Sometimes it is true that we can't dedicate a large chunk of time to a task, but does that mean that we have to abandon it altogether? We each have the same amount of time to spend every day and we all make choices about how we spend it. It feels like a lot of that time is allotted against our wishes, but at the end of the day we are choosing to work a certain job, be committed to a certain cause or attend to our families and friends in a certain way.
We can make different choices, even if it doesn't seem like it.
But even more importantly, i like that this quote details the things we do even when it seems like we are doing nothing but waiting. Every second can be filled with a kind thought, a prayer, a mental puzzle, planning or meditation. There is more time available to us to be the people we want to be if we start simply by being mindful to capture our lives 37 seconds at a time.


Manta said...

Yeah My "quote of he week" thing fell through too....

Anonymous said...

Books, music and movies have such a prejudice towards the brain/heart/lungs triumverate. Why wasn't Magorium saying this:

"No, our large intestines are leaching water and iron from the lunch we ate. Our livers leach out toxins from the alcohol we had with lunch. thousands of our skin cells fall off and drift away on a singular journey to become dust."

Seriously, where's the love for the rest of the organs, people???


Niki said...

Frack - you drink during lunch?
Besides, given how your GI tract has betrayed you and my thyroid has just rolled over and died i think i can understand why we ignore them...